International Waters learning Exchange & Resource Network
IW:Learn

Good Practices and Portfolio Learning in Transboundary Freshwater and Marine Legal and Institutional Frameworks

The objective of this project is to strengthen international cooperation and enhance the development of regional international waters (IW) governance frameworks with a view towards increasing the social, economic and environmental benefits of GEF International Waters projects globally. Through adaptive management decision-making methodologies and collaboration with local experts and practitioners, the project will develop, promote and deliver innovative and targeted experiential learning tools for transboundary water governance. A central output of the project is the development and delivery of management tools by local experts to enhance livelihoods and ensure continous replication.

Background
Currently some 2.4 billion people throughout the world do not have access to adequate sanitation. As a result, an estimated 2.3 billion people suffer from water borne diseases. Eighty percent of illnesses are transmitted by contaminated water, yet ninety percent of the wastewater discharged to waterways in developing countries goes untreated.

In response to the emerging global crisis in water scarcity and diminution in water quality, there has been a global water agenda since at least the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972, which famously acknowledged the importance of protecting and improving the human environment. Combinations of governments, experts and nongovernmental organizations have joined to raise international attention and priority to the issues and to commit themselves to addressing the most acute problems. This has resulted in various ministerial declarations proclaiming water as a “security” issue while acknowledging that water scarcity contributes to poverty and water supply to its reduction.

Portfolio Learning/Policy

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Documents & Resources
General information
GEF ID 3340
Project type Medium-Sized Project
Project Status Project Completion
Start Date 28 Jan 2008
End Date 30 Jun 2011
Results
YES - See results data (3340)
Project documents
Other
Project Information
Report
GEF characteristic:
Focal Area International Waters
GEF Allocation to project 1.00M US$
Total Cost of the project: 2.21M US$
Partners
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Project contacts
Mr. Richard Paisley Project Director
Ms. Susan Bazilli Project Manager
Mr. Glen Hearns Research Director
Dr. Andrew Hudson Head of Water & Ocean Governance